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Joyce E. Tompkins

May 1, 1931 ~ May 14, 2020 (age 89)


SAUGERTIES…Joyce E. Tompkins, 89, of Main St., died suddenly and peacefully Thursday May 14, 2020 at the Kingston Hospital. She was born on May 1, 1931 in Saugerties to the late Arnold and Sarah Latham Fiero.  Joyce was a member of the Sawyer class of 1947, serving as Editor for the yearbook.  She went on to graduate from Mildred Ellie Business School, and married the love of her life in 1954.  They celebrated 50 years of marriage shortly before Bill’s passing.  While the primary focus in her life always was her family, she worked to support them in several local businesses including Clum’s Hardware, Beadle’s Pharmacy, and Colonial Coal before retirement. In her later years she was a long-time and active member of the Historical Society and  volunteered many hours at the Well.  Joyce was an avid student of history and was considered an eminent genealogist of the Fiero family.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary Beth Chow of Saugerties, Judith Tompkins of New Paltz and Sarah (Scott) Albrecht of Berkshire; son, Arnold Tompkins of Kingston; sister, Judith Fiero of Saugerties; ten grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband H. William (Bill) in 2004; infant son, Henry; infant daughter, Julie and son in law, Baron Ashanti.

In the interest of public safety and the mandates by the Governor a public service will not be held.   A family service with interment in the Blue Mt. Cemetery will be held privately.   Arrangements are under the direction of the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc. Cor. of John & Lafayette Sts., Saugerties.   Further obituary information and expressions of condolence may be posted on Joyce’s Tribute Wall at


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